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Why talk of boy child neglect doesn’t hold water


Kenyan social media users keenly noticed an intense war of words over the status of the boy child and feminism in the public space this week. All members of our society deserve respect and compassion.

However, when alarmists look at outliers, such as who scores the highest in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams for example, instead of averages, then a worrying narrative unfolds.

Let us confront counterfactual thinking. We do not subside in a zero-sum game whereby if someone advances then by default others must fall. We can all rise together. Some anti-girl child and anti-women in management arguments use similar logic as racist segregationists in the United States in the 1960s or apartheid South Africa throughout most of the 1900s.

Unfortunately, around the world women still have not achieved equality with men despite what pundits may declare, confirming the common adage that those who speak do not always know and those who know do not always speak. While making great strides towards legal and societal uniformity with women comprising 47 per cent of the Kenyan workforce over the past 27 years, World Bank research shows that female unemployment in Kenya is still higher than male unemployment.